Bristol-Levi Custody Brawl Lives Again

Johnston wants more time with Tripp

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 27, 2014 10:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you thought (hoped!) you'd heard the last from Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, well, you thought wrong. The ex-lovers are back in court, fighting over custody of son Tripp, now five, Radar reports. Though Levi's official visitation schedule was never actually finalized, things had been fine for a while—until October, when Bristol moved to Arizona for a six-month training program and took Tripp with her. Levi filed a new custody case in response, but of course, Bristol is hitting back, claiming (among other things) that he owes her nearly $67,000 in child support. Among the text Johnston has sent Palin, which were submitted as evidence in the case:

  • "How can u be so selfish and no I was never EVER ok with u taking my son anywhere or put on your tv show. It's all crap."
  • "TRIPP wants and needs his father, Bristol. ... He needs his dad and my family just as much as yours. And more importantly. Tripp needs stability and a routine and sports. And all that."
  • "Go ahead and ask him if he want to stay with dad or go with u. Bet he says dad. Just saying Bristol. Tripps old enough to tell u what he wants now."
  • "If u only new the things he says to me and how happy he is with his dad and little sister. He really needs us both and I need him Bristol."
The first hearing is on July 30. Click for more, including pictures of Tripp with Levi's 18-month-old daughter, Breeze.

Bristol Palin attends the Dancing with the Stars: All Stars panel at the Disney ABC TCA Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, July 27, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Bristol Palin attends the "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars" panel at the Disney ABC TCA Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, July 27, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
In this Aug. 8, 2010 file photo, Levi Johnston arrives at the Teen Choice Awards in Universal City, Calif..
In this Aug. 8, 2010 file photo, Levi Johnston arrives at the Teen Choice Awards in Universal City, Calif..   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
In this magazine cover image released by Us Weekly, Bristol Palin poses with Levi Johnston and their son Tripp on the cover of the July 26, 2010 issue of Us Weekly magazine.
In this magazine cover image released by Us Weekly, Bristol Palin poses with Levi Johnston and their son Tripp on the cover of the July 26, 2010 issue of "Us Weekly" magazine.   (AP Photo/Us Weekly)
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